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This week our lesson was titled "God Chooses A New King" from 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Use the teaching points below to help guide your family worship time this week.
Bible Truth: Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.
Saul has shown he is more concerned with doing what looks good on the outside than with acting out of love and obedience toward God. After disobeying God and not killing King Agag, Saul did not say he was sorry for anything until he was told that God had rejected him from being king. Only then did he say that he sinned (1 Samuel 15:24).
Samuel is sad over Saul’s sin and God’s rejection of Saul. But God tells Samuel that it is time to anoint a new king. Samuel appeals to God, saying he is afraid that Saul will kill him for trying to anoint a new king. So God tells Samuel what to do so Saul will not become suspicious.
At first Samuel looks at Jesse’s sons’ outward appearance, but God has a different plan. He is looking for a king who will run after the heart of God. After God instructs Samuel not to look at the outward appearance, Samuel becomes more discerning. One by one, Jesse’s sons are brought before Samuel, but each time Samuel says “No.” Finally, Samuel asks if all the sons have come. When Jesse mentions that David has been left behind, Samuel insists he be brought to them. David is so young he was not even invited to the sacrifice!
Samuel has learned his lesson. After all, God has been the power behind all of Israel’s victories. He doesn’t need a handsome leader; he needs a man who will trust in him.
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Read Isaiah 53:2b.
God did not choose David because of his outward appearance, but because he had a heart for God. David was a handsome young boy but not tall in stature.
Isaiah tells us of another king who “had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). God’s choice of David to replace Saul as king over Israel should make us think of another king, King Jesus. Jesus would have a perfect heart for God and die on the cross so that He could extend to us His righteousness.
Through Christ, God takes our heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh. Then God does something truly remarkable, he moves us to obey him by his Spirit (Ezekiel 36:27).